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Black Academic Voices: The South African Experience

Grace Khunou, Edith Phaswana, Katijah Khoza-Shangase, and Hugo Canham, editors
Black Academic Voices: The South African Experience
ISBN: 978-0-7969-2459-9
2019/280 pages
Distributed for HSRC Press


Why are so many black scholars in South Africa leaving the academy? In what ways does subtle—and sometimes overt—racial exclusion continue to be part of the everyday university experience for those who remain? In the context of ongoing debates in South Africa about the need for transformation and decolonization in the realm of higher education, Black Academic Voices presents personal accounts that directly address these questions.


Grace Khunou is professor of sociology at the University of Johannesburg. Edith Phaswana is acting head at Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute, University of South Africa. Katijah Khoza-Shangase is associate professor of speech pathology & audiology at the University of the Witwatersrand (UW). Hugo Canham is associate professor of psychology at the UW.


  • Black in the Academy: Reframing Knowledge, the Knower, and Knowing—the Editors.
  • Negotiating the Academy: Black Bodies "Out of Place"—P. Kiguwa.
  • Writing to Stay: Running Shoes Replaced with High Heels—G. Khunou.
  • Intellectual and Emotional Toxicity: Where a Cure Does Not Appear to Be Imminent—K. Khoza-Shangase.
  • Thinking While Black—G. Musila.
  • Black and Foreign: Negotiating Being Different in South Africa's Academy—K. Batisai.
  • The Polemic Body—H. Canham.
  • Belonging: Whose Word Is It Anyway?—A.R. Koraan.
  • Valuing/Belonging and Devaluing/Unbelonging in the Academy: An Intersectional Perspective—P. Rugunanan.
  • Don’t Teach Me Nonsense—C.T. Chasi.
  • The Limits of Being and Knowledge in the Academy—E. Phaswana.
  • Sitting on One Bum: The Struggle of Survival and Belonging for a Black African Woman in the Academy—M. Nathane.
  • Belonging to Oneself—A. Geduld.